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Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) is an American jazz saxophonist.
The oldest of the four musical Marsalis brothers, Branford Marsalis has had an impressive career. After studying at Southern University and Berklee, Branford toured Europe with the Art Blakey big band in the summer of 1980 (playing baritone), played three months with Clark Terry, and then spent five months playing alto with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1981). He mostly played tenor and soprano while with Wynton Marsalis' influential group (1982-1985), at first sounding most influenced by Wayne Shorter but leaning more toward John Coltrane at the end. The musical telepathy between the two brothers (who helped to revive the sound of the mid-'60s Miles Davis Quintet) was sometimes astounding.

Branford toured with Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. II. in 1983 and recorded with Miles Davis (1984's Decoy). In 1985, when he left Wynton to join Sting's pop/rock group, it caused a major (if temporary) rift with his brother that made headlines. Marsalis enjoyed playing with Sting but did not let the association cause him to forget his musical priorities. By 1986, he was leading his own group which eventually consisted of pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Bob Hurst, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; sometimes the band was a piano-less trio that really allowed Marsalis to stretch out.

After a couple of film appearances (in School Daze and Throw Mama From the Train), Branford Marsalis became even more of a celebrity when he joined Jay Leno's Tonight Show as the musical director in 1992. However, being cast in the role of Leno's sidekick rubbed against Marsalis' temperament and after two years he had had enough. Branford Marsalis, who attempted to mix together hip-hop and jazz in his erratic Buckshot LeFonque project, has recorded steadily for Columbia ever since 1983 (including a classical set).
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Jan 11 Thu 7:30 PM Branford Marsalis Quartet Mahaffey Theater At The Progress Energy Center
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Apr 12 Thu 7:30 PM Branford Marsalis Admiral Theatre
Bremerton, WA
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Apr 14 Sat 8:00 PM Branford Marsalis Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine, CA
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Apr 23 Mon 7:30 PM Branford Marsalis E.J. Thomas Hall
Akron, OH
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He began his professional career in the early 1980s playing with Art Blakey's big band, Clark Terry, and Blakey's Jazz Messengers. From 1982 to 1985 he played with his brother Wynton Marsalis's group, then left to play in Sting's backup band. He also toured with Miles Davis in one of the latter's last bands. In 1986 he set up his own group. From 1992 to 1995 he was musical director of the Tonight Show Band. He then set up the Buckshot LeFonque project which intended to combine jazz with rhythm and blues, hip hop, and rock.

He is the oldest of the four Marsalis brothers, who are all jazz musicians, as is their father Ellis Marsalis.

Works:
Trio Jeepy - an album of standards featuring Milt Hinton (bass) and Jeff Watts (drums)
Mo' Better Blues - soundtrack to the movie
I Heard You Twice The First Time - Branford's quartet pairs up with some Jazz and Blues greats (including B.B.King, Rip Tip Johnson) for a romp through the history of African-American music
Buckshot LeFonque
Crazy People Music
The Dark Keys
Requiem - recorded days before the death of and dedicated to pianist Kenny Kirkland, this album is undeniably one of The Branford Marsalis Quartet's greatest and most immediate works
Contemporary Jazz
Footsteps of our Fathers - Branford again revisits the works of past masters, interpreting the tunes from his own angle

Branford also appears as a sideman on:
Dream of the Blue Turtles - Sting
Bring on the Night - Sting' (live album)
You Won't Forget Me - Shirley Horn. Branford appears on the track "It Had to be You"
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